I was browsing around beauty.hotpepper.jp for a nail place, and wasn’t really sure what to do. Then I ran across a salon named Disco and their work was so different and thoughtful that I just had to try this salon out.
Enough blathering how about some nail pictures!
The nails are Piet Modrian, Miu Miu and Jeremy Scott influenced done in some of my favorite colors for Fall: mustard and khaki which she mixed herself.
She only does gels, which I decided to switch to. I still love giant gal acrylic nails, but after seeing so many shop staff with gels I was swayed over. Shop staff gel to acrylic ratio is like 80:20 in most shops. Or 70:10:20 (20 for nothing).
Also, Acrylic nails straight for a 1 1/2 years had really done a number on my nails, so gel making them stronger was great. Gel is cheaper as well.
If you’ve noticed it’s more of her style to either do amazing detail work, or do nails that are taken from art, high fashion and pop culture.
Since the Hot Pepper ad has since been taken down, here are a few of my favorite samples from her blog
Minx x Picasso influenced
Playing with fall colors and designs
Actual feathers geled into the piece.
The salon is set inside an apartment building (same one was Eye Candy) just 4 minutes away from Shibuya 109. It’s just simply a small waiting area and 1 chair. So if you call up Disco and make an appointment you’ll get the wonderful Coco and be the only one there. It’s been rainy and cold so the private cosy, dimly-lit atmosphere was so relaxing.
She loves retro stuff so the whole time I was there she had a dvd of earlier Madonna’s videos. Since I’m a Madonna fan I was so happy. :upheart:
I had such a lovely time there. We talked about Mexican iconography, art, retro items, guys, our past history. I felt the whole time there like we saw very eye to eye.
There’s owner and nailist Coco Nagi in front of her inspiration wall and kitschy cute Disco sign.
Her own nails :heart2:
blog: check out her amazing work on her blog http://ameblo.jp/nagicoco/
location: 4 minutes walk away from Shibuya 109. If you’re facing 109 take a left and pass Earth and KFC then find Feel-A. If you’re making an appt feel free to msg me and I’ll give you exact directions. :upheart:
cost: She charges by the hour not by parts, so you can do whatever part wise. She has a very large gal selection if you’re interested in that. She has 7 years experience working at an OL salon and 4 working at a Shibuya gal salon so she’s very experienced. First time visit should run you around 7500 yen.
call: 030 3464 7831
Meeting Momoko Ogihara
If you missed my gushing on twitter. Hana of Finding Tokyo and I were in Shinjuku for shopping & drinks and we’re browsing through Lumine EST. We go to Murua and the store looked pretty cleared out and I was like, “Wow, shame so little merchandise.” But I turn around and BOOOM, a person who looks like Momoko Ogihara is behind me. So I ask Hana and she’s like omg it’s her.
But I couldn’t be sure. The lengths some staff girls go, especially in Murua/EMODA/W♥C to look and style themselves from the producers is insane. :worry:
So I ask a shop staff and she says yes and so I’m officially freaked out. So the shop staff is giggling about me freaking out, but then sends Momoko Ogihara over to talk to us. I was reading her twitter earlier that day and I noticed she was coming from Nagoya to Shinjuku, but I just thought via shinkansen on the way home. So I told her that and laughed. I told her she had many fans overseas.
Hana “claims” I was speaking a mile a minute. When I promise in my head I was freaking out and examining every beautiful facet of her make-up and skin and look.
She is absolutely the same gorgeous lady in person. Not only that she was very warm and nice. She asked our names, if we lived in Japan, and other things. Even though it was a store event, she didn’t have to come and talk to us. Also, she gave us several minutes of her time that she didn’t have to. Even as we stood talking, and after we took our picture, she made no attempt to leave us. I was more too nervous and had to escape LOL :worry:
I’ve been to the Sakurina instore event at Buffalo Bobs and there she was behind rows of security guards and had a stylist shadowing her making sure every curl was in place. If only you bought a special store item you could talk to her. No photos. No anything else. So to see a much bigger star in Momoko Ogihara (I’m sorry gal ladies, but ex Vivi model with 20 successfully produced stores makes her high up) be so welcoming and nice, it was a wonderful shock.
I told her I follow her blog and twitter everyday and will continue to do so. She made me even more of a fan. :heartshake:
As a disclaimer for this photo it was a pretty crappy and stressful week. Tokyo is being hit by two typhoons, one of which I had to trudge through back and forth to school. So attempts at hair were dashed and I was still a bit under the weather.
I was just dressed to drink not to be fabulous
Although to be honest, the surprise of the event made it even more special. So I REGRET NOTHING!
The photo of us.
Now my goal is to meet Chinatsu Wakatsuki and Ena Matsumoto to complete my producer goddess trifecta :upheart:
Yesterday was fabulous, we also found a fab cheap but fancy izakaya. Hana took pics that I’m sure she’ll share.